These are the best ever buttery, melt in your mouth cookies. They are easy to make. Mix it up and used different types of nuts, decorator sugar or sprinkles. Wilton makes a variety of colors perfect for any occasion. I like easy recipes that make many servings. This cookie recipe will make about 6 dozen cookies. It’s economical too…the ingredients are not all that expensive.
Because this recipe makes so many cookies, it’s perfect for a bake sale. Use decorator’s sugar in your school or organizations colors and package them in cello bags tied with ribbon in those colors.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cups pecans, finely chopped (you could use walnuts or almonds instead)
3 tablespoons any color decorator’s sugar
In a small bowl, whisk together flour and salt. In medium size bowl, beat butter until creamy, about 1 minute. Beat in sugar until fluffy, 2 minutes or so. Beat in yolks and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until dough comes together. Divide dough into quarters.
Roll each quarter of dough into a 6-inch log that is 1-inch thick. On a cutting board spread the nuts in a rectangle, about 7 x 5 inches. Roll 2 of the logs in pecans to evenly coat edge. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Repeat with decorator’s sugar and remaining 2 logs. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap logs. Cut each log into 16 slices about 1/4 inch thick. (Depending on your logs, you may get more or less.). Transfer slices to ungreased baking sheets.
Bake cookies at 350 degrees F for 12 to 14 minutes or until just golden around the edges. Darker baking sheets will darken cookies more quickly than lighter ones, so keep an eye on them. Remove from cookie sheets to wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Makes about 6 dozen cookies.